In the NY Times, Nellie Bowles writes about a luxury resort in Baja California Sur that offers support for employees who are aging out of the young person’s culture of Silicon Valley.
“Some of the participants walked pensively along the Pacific Coast at sunset,” she writes. “Others read from the resort bookshelf, choosing from sections labeled: ‘What can death teach me about life?’ and ‘What are the unexpected pleasures of aging?’ … Later, there would be healing sessions focused on intergenerational collaboration and accepting mortality.”
The story’s no joke, but there’s a punchline anyway: “That some of those on retreat were in their 30s and 40s did not strike them as odd.”
Allow me to present this month’s Best of the Web, dedicated to all our elderly readers (now defined as 30 or older) and all that we bring to the world and the workplace…
In what may be good news for anyone whose phone is under constant pressure from robocallers—which is to say, anyone with a phone—industry giants AT&T and Comcast claim they have completed a successful cross-network test of a new Caller ID authentication system they plan to roll out later this year. The new “SHAKEN” and “STIR” protocols use digital certificates to verify that Caller ID numbers aren’t being spoofed.
Today alone I’ve had nine robocalls, and it’s not even 4 pm, so this brings me hope. Measured hope, but hope nonetheless.
The Idealware/Tech Impact team is spread out across the continent. We work in multiple countries, states, and time zones. We’ve found ways to overcome the distances and difficulties, and are always looking for new tips and techniques to make our work better and our relationships stronger.
On Twitter, Amir Salihefendić wrote about the role of “asynchronous communications” for organizations working with remote teams. Asynchronous teams might not be for everyone, but there’s a lot to be learned about working together in his thinking.
Email and Marie Kondo
At M & L Labs, Anne Paschkopić talks about how clutter can negatively affect email deliverability and how to use Marie Kondo’s techniques to tidy up your email audience.
Personal Flying Machines, and the Women Building Them
When we were young, science fiction and Hollywood all but promised that we’d be using flying cars and hoverboards by now. In Fast Company, Sean Captain has a story about a group of people who are leading an international competition to build “personal flying machines,” and how close we are to having them in our lives. Meet the women working hard to make them a reality…
Nonprofit Professional Development
Hot on the heels of hosting 2,200 nonprofit techies at its conference in Portland earlier this month, NTEN—along with partner Cornerstone—just released the findings of its first-ever State of Nonprofit Professional Development survey. They asked nonprofit staff to share “their experiences of the practices, culture, and investment in professional development at their organization,” and the results contained in the report are worth a read.
On the face of it, this is unrelated to either nonprofits or technology—at least specifically—but for those of us who spend long hours hunched over computers or tablets or phones (like me), tense under stress (like me), or who are simply getting older (still me), I thought I’d link to this Outside magazine story about neck and shoulder stretches to relieve pain. (I’m doing them as we speak.)
Does this sound familiar? “Many of us go through seasons of life when we have very little personal time. Others may be committed to jobs that regularly involve intense and long hours, creating a long-term lack of rest. While this kind of overwork is not ideal, there are undoubtedly situations in which it becomes a necessity or makes personal sense. … At times like this, when having a full weekend off seems like a distant dream, advice on the importance of maintaining work-life balance, reducing the stress, and getting enough sleep can feel like a slap in the face.”
At Harvard Business Review Alice Boyes offers practical tips for surviving and thriving through these busy periods or deadlines.
Taxes and Nonprofit Donors
At Nonprofit Quarterly, Martin Levine looks at some data out of Colorado to read the tea leaves about how recent changes to the federal tax code might be affecting nonprofits. Spoiler: While it’s too early to tell with any certainty, early results are that it’s not great.
Tech giant ASUS pushed malware to half a million customers through its “trusted” automatic software update tool after attackers compromised the company’s server. In related news, ASUS released a new version of its Live Update software for laptops to address the ShadowHammer backdoor attack and promised “multiple security verification mechanisms” to reduce the chances of further attacks.
In what is becoming a monthly “How Facebook Violated Your Privacy” feature, March brough news that the social media giant left “hundreds of millions’ of users’ passwords stored in plain text” visible to the company’s employees.
And finally, the Oregon’s Department of Human Services acknowledged a phishing incident from early January that may have exposed sensitive client information. The agency said nine employees clicked on a link in an email that looked like an official government message, which may have exposed the personal information of about two million people.
Tech Impact is seeing an increase in phishing attacks as well, both in our own email and among clients. As technology gets better at detecting and blocking hacks, people increasingly become the weak links in any security measures.
How can you prevent against such attacks? For starters, download Idealware’s free security resources for nonprofits, What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk and the Nonprofit Technology Policy Workbook.
A big thank you to everyone who sent links for Best of the Web. As always, if you have any you think would be a good fit, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you next month…